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VIP Insider Post #98: BU Getting Close, D1 Update, Roy/Clarkson

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Exclusively for our VIP supporters, TMR editor Mike McMahon brings you these “insider” posts, where he’ll discuss the news and give some insight and perspective on the stories we’re covering here at The Mack Report as well other insider info from stories around the country …

— What an unfortunate situation for Phil Roy up at Clarkson, who is leaving the program after his work visa was denied by the U.S. Government. Apparently, Roy was told his application for renewal was denied as the U.S. clamps down on immigration. Now, he has to move his wife and young family back to Canada as he looks for a new job. Speaking to sources close to the situation, he’s reached out to several Major Junior teams in the CHL, trying to land somewhere. Roy is a good coach and an even better person.

— BU is getting close to hiring its next head coach. I’m told — as I reported earlier today — that Albie O’Connell, Shawn McEachern, Rick Bennett and Jay Pandolfo are all in the running. McEachern and O’Connell seem to be the two most serious candidates at this point. There’s a lot of speculation going on in the media right now, but I believe Bennett is still involved, even if it’s on the periphery. Drew Marrochello, BU AD, had his eyes set on Bennett from the start of the search, I’m told, but there are some fear of backlash should he hire someone from outside the “BU family.”

There’s also a fear of someone leaving too quickly, which to me is ridiculous. That’s why Steve Greeley was taken out of consideration so quickly. BU seems to be limiting itself for no real reason … only looking for a BU alum that won’t leave for a chance in the NHL. Why? If a coach is getting NHL interest, it means that they’re doing well at BU. That’s a good thing. Not to mention … you think McEachern or O’Connell wouldn’t consider an NHL move if it came calling in 4-5 years?

— Merrimack’s long-discussed move to Division I could be getting closer to coming to fruition. According to a source affiliated with an NEC football program, teams in the league were told to begin holding dates for Merrimack in 2019. The NEC has yet to vote on accepting Merrimack, but that could be coming soon. According to the NEC source, “I don’t know if they’re in or not, but we were told to plan for it. Holding a date in our league is challenging, so if they don’t get in, we’ll be scrambling to find an opponent along with every other team in the league, so I think this means it’s likely (Merrimack joins the NEC).”

About Mike McMahon

Mike McMahon is in his 13th year covering Merrimack College for The Eagle Tribune and is the founder and managing editor of The Mack Report. Mike also serves on staff as a senior writer at College Hockey News. Follow him on Twitter @MikeMcMahonCHN

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